US adults are increasingly reaching for their smartphones to access the Internet

Shawn Knight

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Americans of all ages are increasingly likely to go online using their smartphone. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 37 percent of US adults typically tend to reach for their smartphone to access the Internet – a significant increase from the 19 percent of Americans that responded similarly to the same question in 2013.

Younger adults – those between the age of 18 and 29 – are especially likely to reach for their smartphone. A full 59 percent of adults in this age range said they mostly access the Internet on their phone, up from 41 percent who said the same six years ago.

What’s more, 17 percent of Americans are now “smartphone only” Internet users meaning they don’t have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Such is likely to be the case (lacking a broadband connection at home) for those making less than $30,000 per year (26 percent) versus those with larger incomes of over $75,000 per year (six percent). Similar statistics are seen among those with lower education levels (high school or less) and college-educated individuals, at 26 percent and four percent, respectively.

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Ean Mogg

TS Booster
WHAT THE FART.. .don't they realise the damage their doing to their sight, it's like when we young and told not to sit close to the TV you'll get bad eyes or something like that and these screens are a lot smaller than any smartphone and ophthalmologists won't sat a word as it's money to them and they say Smartphones are a boon to them as they have seen an increase in glasses use ....SO BE WARNED READING OF SMALL SCREENS IS BAD FOR YOUR EYES...LOL
 

Lionvibez

TS Evangelist
WHAT THE FART.. .don't they realise the damage their doing to their sight, it's like when we young and told not to sit close to the TV you'll get bad eyes or something like that and these screens are a lot smaller than any smartphone and ophthalmologists won't sat a word as it's money to them and they say Smartphones are a boon to them as they have seen an increase in glasses use ....SO BE WARNED READING OF SMALL SCREENS IS BAD FOR YOUR EYES...LOL

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/vision-facts-myths.html

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/ask-ophthalmologist-q/can-close-tv-viewing-damage-eyes
 
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ShagnWagn

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WHAT THE FART.. .don't they realise the damage their doing to their sight, it's like when we young and told not to sit close to the TV you'll get bad eyes or something like that and these screens are a lot smaller than any smartphone and ophthalmologists won't sat a word as it's money to them and they say Smartphones are a boon to them as they have seen an increase in glasses use ....SO BE WARNED READING OF SMALL SCREENS IS BAD FOR YOUR EYES...LOL

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/vision-facts-myths.html

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/ask-ophthalmologist-q/can-close-tv-viewing-damage-eyes
I can personally attest to having difficulty viewing as clearly when looking at the phone for at few minutes or longer. I can easily tell by looking at anything LED such as a clock - it is very blurry.

The question is - does constant eye strain weaken the iris? Permanently in due time?
 
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Prosercunus

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WHAT THE FART.. .don't they realise the damage their doing to their sight, it's like when we young and told not to sit close to the TV you'll get bad eyes or something like that and these screens are a lot smaller than any smartphone and ophthalmologists won't sat a word as it's money to them and they say Smartphones are a boon to them as they have seen an increase in glasses use ....SO BE WARNED READING OF SMALL SCREENS IS BAD FOR YOUR EYES...LOL

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/vision-facts-myths.html

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/ask-ophthalmologist-q/can-close-tv-viewing-damage-eyes
I can personally attest to having difficulty viewing as clearly when looking at the phone for at few minutes or longer. I can easily tell by looking at anything LED such as a clock - it is very blurry.

The question is - does constant eye strain weaken the iris? Permanently in due time?
Good question. I am near-sighted myself and work in IT so constantly stare at a computer and also my hobby is PC gaming so needless to say I am in front of a monitor more than I would like to admit. I am 35 now and my prescription has barely changed since my teenage years.
 

darkich

TS Rookie
Erm, you got it massively wrong about "smartphone only".
It doesn't mean they don't have a broadband wi-fi at home, lol.

I am smartphone-only and have had a home wi-fi for more than a decade.

The point actually is that people ditch their laptops and desktops because using a smartphone is more convenient for them.
 

darkich

TS Rookie
WHAT THE FART.. .don't they realise the damage their doing to their sight, it's like when we young and told not to sit close to the TV you'll get bad eyes or something like that and these screens are a lot smaller than any smartphone and ophthalmologists won't sat a word as it's money to them and they say Smartphones are a boon to them as they have seen an increase in glasses use ....SO BE WARNED READING OF SMALL SCREENS IS BAD FOR YOUR EYES...LOL
You are making absolutely no sense, mate.
Spectacularly wrong. Have you ever, like, read a book? Or on a Kindle? Or a comic? A magazine? A newspaper column?

Now, have you ever actually used a 6" screened smartphone?
The typical font size/eye distance ratio on a 6" smartphone is actually perfectly in line with those examples I've mentioned.

On the other hand, reading on a laptop or desktop is actually retarded and damaging to both your eyes and body because:
1) the letters are actually significantly smaller in proportion due to increased viewing distance
2) the desk sitting body posture is very bad for your spine and circulation. No one is reading books and comics on their desks!
They typically lay back and put the book closer to their faces. And that's exactly how most people use their smartphones for reading on internet while they're at home.
 

jobeard

TS Ambassador
It doesn't mean they don't have a broadband wi-fi at home, lol.....

The point actually is that people ditch their laptops and desktops because using a smartphone is more convenient for them.
IMO, nope. They just don't want to get up off the couch, go to the 'computer room' and use the laptop/desktop -- which they may have to boot.

For a one-off, quick lookup I'll pop into my smartphone too, but will not use email or online shopping with it.

IMO it's not a preference, but a convenience choice and also not an absolute.
 

p51d007

TS Evangelist
WHAT THE FART.. .don't they realise the damage their doing to their sight, it's like when we young and told not to sit close to the TV you'll get bad eyes or something like that and these screens are a lot smaller than any smartphone and ophthalmologists won't sat a word as it's money to them and they say Smartphones are a boon to them as they have seen an increase in glasses use ....SO BE WARNED READING OF SMALL SCREENS IS BAD FOR YOUR EYES...LOL
Maybe I should have been an "eye doctor" when I went into electronics 40 years ago ;)
 

darkich

TS Rookie
IMO, nope. They just don't want to get up off the couch, go to the 'computer room' and use the laptop/desktop -- which they may have to boot.

For a one-off, quick lookup I'll pop into my smartphone too, but will not use email or online shopping with it.

IMO it's not a preference, but a convenience choice and also not an absolute.
I won't say I disagree, but I can say in my case it indeed is a preference.
I just prefer using a smartphone for everything ever since I got a galaxy S3 and I've been buying a high end smartphone since.
It's the touch interaction, the screen quality(imagine, there is actually no money that can buy you a laptop or a desktop monitor with the overall quality of a best smartphone OLED screen..and at the same price point, the PC screens are absolutely horrendous in comparison), and convenience and simplicity of use. Just can't stand sitting at the desk, and years of using a desktop almost destroyed my back.
I just prefer to lay back and get up close and personal with my palmtop computer(Note9). If I REALLY need to do something in a desktop environment, I hook up the DeX.(it even dual boots full Ubuntu btw and works stupidly good) But what I've learned the most from the DeX is, just how little I actually need the desktop any more.
 

Danny101

TS Guru
My eyes do get blurry if I look at a cellphone screen too long. Not sure if it's the blue light coming from the phones, eye strain. or both.
 

koblongata

TS Addict
True, even at home I find myself using my phone to browse a little more now, but use GPD Win whenever I can, it's comfortable device to use while in a more laid back (or even laying flat using it on my tummy) posture.
 

Ean Mogg

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Ummm lol I wasn't talking about TV I was being Sarcastic which I can see many haven't got the hang of sigh
Let me simplify ..I was talking about the rise in opticians selling more reading glasses because of the smartphone not TV lol and opticians don't report this significant increase because it's their interest not to as it's their business like doctors and a cure for cancer ...